EMBRACING ABILITIES: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE DEAF TECHNOLOGY FOUNDATION'S BIBLE CAMP

Sometime in October this year, I began volunteering with the Deaf Technology Foundation. This experience has been incredibly rewarding and eye-opening. To wrap up the year, we organized a Deaf Bible camp, which turned out to be a heartwarming and transformative event.

Seeing the participants find a safe and welcoming space at the camp was beautiful. We were able to sow seeds of hope in their hearts and witness the joy and sense of community that blossomed as a result.

 

Unfortunately, our society is not very inclusive, and people with special needs are often viewed as objects of pity or as individuals who need to be “fixed.” This perspective is deeply misguided. Through my interactions with the deaf community, I have come to understand that they are not much different from you and me. They are simply wired differently, often demonstrating extraordinary abilities and an extra sense that is both mysterious and inspiring.

 

They are not disabled; they are differently abled—often in ways that are astonishing and profound.

Our founder, Wuni Bitrus, encapsulates this sentiment perfectly: “God has called us to love people, not to fix them.”

This is echoed in the words of Jesus from John 9:3: “Neither this man nor his parents have sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.”

As we move into the new year, I urge you to make a conscious effort to pay attention to the special needs individuals around you. They have much to teach us, and their contributions to our lives and communities are invaluable.

Here are some highlights from our camp:

  1. Inclusive Activities: The camp featured a variety of inclusive activities designed to engage and inspire the participants. These activities ranged from group discussions and storytelling sessions to arts and crafts, all tailored to ensure that everyone could participate fully.

  2. Spiritual Growth: We held daily Bible study sessions that were adapted to meet the needs of the deaf community. These sessions provided a space for spiritual growth and reflection, allowing participants to deepen their faith in an accessible environment.

  3. Community Building: One of the most rewarding aspects of the camp was the sense of community that developed among the participants. Friendships were formed, and a supportive network emerged, demonstrating the power of connection and shared experiences.

  4. Empowerment: The camp empowered participants by recognizing and celebrating their unique abilities. Through various workshops and interactive sessions, individuals were encouraged to embrace their strengths and share their talents with others.

As we reflect on the success of the camp, we are filled with gratitude and inspiration. The Deaf Technology Foundation is committed to continuing its efforts to create inclusive spaces where everyone can thrive.

We hope that this story inspires you to consider how you can make a difference in the lives of those with special needs in your own community. Let’s embrace and celebrate the diverse abilities that make our world a richer and more vibrant place.

By sharing these highlights, we aim to spread awareness and encourage others to join us in our mission of inclusion and empowerment. Thank you for taking the time to read about our journey, and we look forward to making even greater strides in the coming year.

Regards

Deaf Technology Foundation

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